Board of Directors
"I grew up around woods and a lake, and I fell in love with these parks. I'd like to see them made available to many more people than they are now, available to all people. We founded the Harbor Conservancy so people can see more and know more about the beauty of New York."
"In New York there had been no private citizen voice to speak for our unheralded national parks. The Harbor Conservancy was created to provide a unified, powerful and attainable vision for the future to inspire and guide a new era of stewardship, conservation and understanding of our heritage."
President, Municipal Arts Society
"We're working so more New Yorkers recognize the extraordinary resources they own as Americans and the diversity of them, from Jamaica Bay to the historic sites. These urban parks are close to where people live but underutilized. We want to change that."
Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley
"The Harbor Conservancy combines three important things I want for my kids: history, environment, and education. These parks change how I view the city. I want to retire and live here because of these resources."
CEO, Tonio Burgos and Associates
"I believe that New York should have a national park system that is recognized around the country. This is a quality of life issue, an educational issue, and a legacy issue for all Americans. These are not 'New York' parks; they belong to all Americans. We want these parks accessible to every American and to every visitor across the globe."
Founder & Managing Partner, Waterfront Companies
"I've spent my life on the water and I love history, so the Harbor Conservancy is a natural fit for me...I love the rivers, the bridges and the forts. This is one of the greatest ports in the world."
Senior Family Advisor, Eaton Vance Investment Counsel
Former Chairman, Publicis Public Relations and Corporate Communications Group
President & CEO, Global Container Terminals USA
Director, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Howard University Libraries
"These sites are an extraordinary resource for not just us New Yorkers, but for the rest of the country. The African Burial Ground in particular is a reflection of the centrality of the people of African descent in the making of the city and the nation. People can find connections to their history through all of the sites."
President, Edelman New York Office
Documentary Film Producer
"Unlike other groups that advocate for only one thing, our Harbor Conservancy unites a lot of treasures under one umbrella: nature, recreation and history all in 22 sites. I like the diversity within the unity—it's just like New York City itself."
"The most exciting thing we do is make parks accessible to New Yorkers. That's what keeps me involved. It's the surprising part of New York. Here you don't normally think about the natural environment, but this is New York...the New York you didn't know."
General Manager, News Services, The New York Times Company
"These parks allow us to interact with history and nature, rather than just learning about it in a classroom. Figuring out how to get people to them and how to tell people about them is an exciting challenge."
Author, The Experience of Place and In Motion
"I've always been in love with New York as a natural environment. What drew people here in the first place was this estuary, where five rivers converge - estuaries are the nurseries of aquatic life, a place of great natural abundance and real beauty."
Executive Director, Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy
"I believe in the formula of the Harbor Conservancy, collaborating with other organizations to put an umbrella over these parks to advance all their causes. This way we broaden our reach, even promoting the whole issue of all national parks everywhere."